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Old 27th July 2018, 12:04 PM
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We are considering a move to wanaka. Family wirh young childremSecured a job and would be interested if someone could give me a insight into

1) medical facilities ? Where is the nearest hospital ? Chemists?doc's?
2) eateries ?
3) I believe the cost of living is high but could someone explain further with an example
4) In the winter I understand it's cold but is it dry? Little rain my husband has been told but when I look at forecast recently it's had a lot of rain.
5) clubs for the
5) schools?
6) is getting to and from Queenstown a difficult drive ? Any public transport ?

Feel v lucky for this opportunity but my husband is adamant we don't need to visit beforehand as it looks beautiful but I feel a visit would be the best as it affects us all and a huge transition.

Many thanks

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We are considering a move to wanaka. Family wirh young childremSecured a job and would be interested if someone could give me a insight into

1) medical facilities ? Where is the nearest hospital ? Chemists?doc's?
2) eateries ?
3) I believe the cost of living is high but could someone explain further with an example
4) In the winter I understand it's cold but is it dry? Little rain my husband has been told but when I look at forecast recently it's had a lot of rain.
5) clubs for the
5) schools?
6) is getting to and from Queenstown a difficult drive ? Any public transport ?

Feel v lucky for this opportunity but my husband is adamant we don't need to visit beforehand as it looks beautiful but I feel a visit would be the best as it affects us all and a huge transition.

Many thanks
We too had an opportunity to move to NZ with a job offer that originally meant we would have had to live in Twizel for the first few months, which is close to Wanaka. The only difference really to the two places is that Wanaka is a small South Island resort town which is all about the outdoors, whereas Twizel is just a tiny residential community.
We didn't accept that offer as a Kiwi friend of ours advised us that Twizel life would be way too remote for us. Just be sure that you're all OK living in a tiny remote town with few people as it can feel quite isolated but a stunning part of the country for sure.

1) Wanaka has a medical centre with GP's and pharmacy. Also has an A&E department but no hospital. Nearest hospital is in Queenstown approx 1hr 10 mins drive 63Km.
2) Being a resort town there's quite a few. Have a look here https://www.lakewanaka.co.nz/
3) The CoL is high all across NZ. It is more expensive to live in the cities where all the people and the jobs are of course so may be a little easier on the pocket if you live somewhere rural. In general, salaries are lower here and the cost of food and services at least 15% more (as GST is charged on everything) so it's like a double hit on the pocket plus the countries remote location inevitably means the added cost to ship things here makes everything more expensive. Interest rates are much higher than you're probably used to. Mortgage interest may set you back 5%. Personal finance around 10%. Credit card finance maybe 20%.
We are a family of 4 with a 7 year old and a 2 year old.
Weekly shopping probably $300. The supermarket is a lot more expensive for less choice. You can do a virtual shop on www.countdown.co.nz
Power bill at the moment in winter (and this is Tauranga where we don't see snow) $350 a month. Doesn't drop much below $200 a month as we use air con during summer.
Don't have gas but it's pretty much the same cost as electricity.
Water services paid as an element of annual rates but we pay extra for usage every quarter approx $100.
Council rates are $3000 a year and goes off property value land + house.
You have to pay for refuse collection here $400 per year.
You have to pay to visit the GP approx $70 a time which may be reduced to $40 a time if you are seen to live here permanently - all depends on visa status.
Dentist is very expensive. $100 for a check up. $400 for one filling. Kids braces around $8000.
Mobile phone contract $30 a month per number.
Sky TV with no subscription channels and one multiroom $90 a month. If you want sports its an extra $22 a month. Movies an extra $30 per month.
That's just a few costs. There's many more if needed.
4) Nah very cold and wet. Wanaka is in the Southern Alps and on a lake. Does get snow and frosts in winter often.
5) Not sure about clubs for the kids. Probably quite a few considering the location.
6) There's a couple of primary schools for kids from 5 years. Basically a church school and a state school.
7) 63Km's in 1hr 10 mins means it's a challenging drive. You will pass through Cardrona which is a South Island ski resort so I guess the drive will be up a big hill then down a big hill in to Queenstown. I commute 107Km's between Tauranga and Hamilton and it takes me the same time. Wanaka to Queenstown is a single track state highway road through the mountains and you'll have to contend with trucks, tourists and rural traffic.
I'd guess there will be little to zero public transport.

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